July 26, 2014

Home-Tech Wants to See You in a Hammock

hammockdayThis summer, Home-Tech has been celebrating the good things in life that make these long, hot days not just bearable – but, downright enjoyable. Whether it’s iced tea, homemade ice cream, the comfy cool of air conditioning, or the Fourth of July, we’ve been applauding it. So, how fabulous is it that this week, we get to observe National Hammock Day?

Heavenly Hammocks

Of course, there’s plenty of expensive, fancy, designer outdoor furniture to choose from – and there are lots of folks that spend more on their outdoor living area than their indoor one – and that’s just fine. But, it’s hard to think of a more relaxing way to spend an afternoon than lying in a good old-fashioned hammock in the shade. Mind you, actually getting into a hammock can be a struggle and unless you’ve perfected the art, it’s not exactly graceful. Sitting in the middle and then swinging your legs in tends to be an issue of balance and not all of us have that. Running and jumping in is never a wise idea — unless, perhaps, you’re under the age of 10 or you’re wearing a helmet and knee pads. In the end, practice makes perfect and mastering the art of relaxing doesn’t sound like a bad way to pass the time. Finally, once you get into your comfy hammock and you’re blissfully swaying in a gentle breeze with a good book, the LAST thing you want on your mind is a broken appliance or worse in the heat, a broken air conditioner. That’s why we recommend a Service Agreement with Home-Tech.

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A Service Agreement is all about your peace of mind, as we’d much rather see you napping in a hammock than fretting about a refrigerator on the fritz or an air conditioner not doing its job. Our Gold Service Agreement means one of each of all major appliances and your air conditioning system are covered through the year, plus all service calls are unlimited and free – even on weekends and holidays. Our Silver Service Agreement features many of the same advantages, such as an annual air-conditioning clean and check, plus complete parts and labor coverage, and you pay only a minimal service call fee.

AC Repair Home-TechSo, get to practicing your hammock grace and agility so you can chill out and let Home-Tech handle any appliance or air conditioning surprises – when it comes to those, we’ve got you covered.

Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers Perfect for Your Ice Cream

icecreamdayAh, the energy and impatience of youth — those were the two main ingredients that went into making homemade ice cream back in the day. And since National Ice Cream Day fell on the calendar this past Sunday (we here it Home-Tech actually prefer to celebrate the holiday all month long — oh, never mind, let’s be honest — all YEAR long), let’s look back on the days of homemade ice cream and let’s look into the perfect storage for your ice cream – refrigerators with bottom freezers.

Grandma’s Ice Cream Was The Best

Sure, you could buy ice cream at the store, but there was nothing like the rich, smooth, sweet, fresh taste of homemade — and usually, it was Grandma’s recipe, which meant eggs, sugar, vanilla, fresh cream, and the best, most important ingredient of all — Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. If you were lucky, your Grandma let you lick the inside top of the can (so good!). Next came the hard part, which meant dealing with with the ice, the rock salt, and that incredibly heavy wooden and cast iron contraption known as an Ice Cream Maker. And that’s when the adults kicked back with a cold glass of sweet tea and put the kids to work cranking.

Building Muscles and Appetitesbottom freezers

For folks 40-ish and older, childhood just wasn’t childhood unless you did your time cranking the ice cream maker — and you had to keep cranking, fast and constantly, to churn the ingredients. If you got lazy and stopped, you’d just end up with really thick cream instead of the fluffy, delicious, and most importantly, cold, ice cream you craved on a hot July day.

bottom freezerFreezing Your Sweet Creation

While things seemed better way back then, let’s remember that everything was also smaller, including freezers, so there wasn’t much room to fit ice, frozen meat, other staples, plus a carton of homemade ice cream — so you had to either eat it quick, or your Grandma had to do some creative freezer puzzle work. Something that HAS gotten better since childhood is freezers — and Home-Tech carries a variety that not only will fit your budget, but all the ice cream you want — homemade or store bought. One of the most popular models these days is the bottom drawer freezer and Home-Tech boasts proven, quality brands from manufacturers like Bosch, KitchenAid, Maytag, and more — and plenty of these Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers feature money-savings rebates. Just stop into one of our sparkling showrooms in Bradenton or Fort Myers.

Here’s the Recipe

And now that you’re in the mood for ice cream, check out this super easy recipe (no ice cream maker required — you already did your time at the crank):

1/2 cup of cold milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 pint of heavy cream

In a medium bowl, stir together cold milk, vanilla, condensed milk, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold milk mixture into whipped cream.

Pour into shallow 2 quart dish, cover and freeze for 4 hours, stirring once after 2 hours or when edges start to harden. Serve or store in an airtight container for up to 10 days. Yields 12 tasty servings.


Apex Award Winner – Sonya Sawyer, CFO of Home-Tech

Sonya SawyerHome-Tech, a leading appliance and service company serving Southwest Florida since 1981, is pleased to announce that C.F.O., Sonya Sawyer has received the 2014 Apex Award. The award celebrates women in Lee County who make a difference and for the first time in the awards’ nine year history, there was a tie. Sawyer shares the honors with Kathryn Kelly, the President and CEO of the Heights Foundation.

13 Nominees – 2 Winners!Apex Award 2

There were 13 nominees this year, which included a variety of business and community leaders. The announcement was made on July 9th at the Crown Plaza Hotel at the Greater Fort Myers Women in Business meeting as they saluted Lee County residents who excel in professional achievement, community service/philanthropy, mentoring and leadership. Several family members, as well as Home-Tech co-workers were there to cheer Sawyer on.

Sawyer and Kelly will be the guests of honor at a black-tie dinner on Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa.

Sonya at Work

Sawyer graduated summa cum laude from Stetson University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in Accountancy. After earning the designation Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she worked for several years in the public accounting sector as an auditor. She then assumed the role of chief financial officer of Home-Tech of Fort Myers, an in-home service and sales company with 135 employees and three offices spanning Southwest Florida from Manatee to Collier counties.

Having achieved personal and professional success, Sonya is now mentoring several women within Home-Tech. She believes that acting as a role model for other women is a critical part of her life. She guides Home-Tech’s future leaders by exposing them to the cultures of giving back to the community and advocacy.

Sonya Sawyer Community Home-TechSonya in the Community

Within the community Sonya is actively involved in charitable organizations, particularly those that assist women and children in need. She serves on the Board of the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples; PACE Center for Girls of Lee County; and Chairs the SW Florida American Heart Association Board. Sonya co-chaired the 2010 Go Red for Women Luncheon, the 2013 Heart Ball, and the 2014 Boots and Boogie Event to benefit Friends of Foster Children. She is also on the Lee Memorial Foundation Board and the BB&T Advisory Council.

Sonya is a member of the American Institute and Florida Institute of CPAs. She has been instrumental in helping Home-Tech to achieve recognition as the Horizon Council’s Industry Appreciation Award recipient in 2009 and Philanthropist of the Year (selected by Gulfshore Life Magazine) in 2010. She has been selected as one of Southwest Florida’s “40 under 40″ by Gulfshore Business Magazine, and was recognized as one of the “2013 Women of the Year” by Gulfshore Life Magazine. She enjoys competitive ballroom dancing and earned the distinction of crowd favorite as a celebrity dancer at the 2010 Red Cross Star Struck event.

Outside of business, Sonya is married to Brian L Sawyer, Detective with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, and the mother of two young children Brandon (9) and Chloe (7).


Declare Your Independence from Appliance Repair Bills!

appliance repairThere’s already way too much to be dependent on this time of year – the air-conditioning in our cars, the fact that beaches and pools exist (thank goodness) — and ice, we’re even dependent on ice during these hot summer months. But this Independence Day means freedom and if you haven’t given yourself the gift of liberating yourself from expensive and not always reliable appliance repair, Fourth of July is the time to self-govern.

Holiday Dynamite

Unfortunately, appliances have no regard for our schedules, much less our holidays. When your refrigerator goes on the fritz, the last thing you want is to sit there, watching your July Fourth potato salad spoil while waiting forever for some repairman to show up. If (heaven forbid) your air conditioning suddenly dies on the hottest holiday weekend of the year and your patriotic make-up melts off your face as you’re waiting on a service call to materialize while friends and family eat hot dogs and frolic at the beach, you won’t be feeling very free.

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Watch the fireworks, light some sparklers, enjoy your barbecue, and declare your independence with one of  Home-Tech’s Service Agreements. The Gold or the Silver plan means not only winning your freedom from costly repairs, it means that if one of your appliances breaks and tries to hold you down – even if it’s a holiday — your Home-Tech technician will be there before you can remember the words to all four verses to the Star Spangled Banner. Check out our testimonials.

Uncle Sam and Home-Tech want you to declare your independence from appliance repair today – call 800-800-8356, ext. 2 — freedom is just a phone call away.

AC Service – He’s A Keeper

ac service Home-TechWith these summertime temperatures, this is the time of year when you call for ac service and don’t want to be crossing your fingers and hoping a technician that knows what he’s doing shows up.  You want the best – someone who can tackle any problem you are having and fix it.  It’s too hot and no fun to be miserable while you are waiting for a technician to show up or figure out and solve your problem with your air conditioning.  Shawn is one of those problem solvers and a good technician for Home-Tech.  If you’ve have a service experience you’d like to share about please do so our on Facebook page.  We welcome Google reviews as well.  Keep sending the Attaboys about Home-Tech technicians.  We really appreciate your feedback.

He is a Keeperair conditioning repair Shawn

This is to offer our feedback on your Tech, Shawn. In our opinion, Shawn displayed everything one would hope to see when a tech visits your home. He was friendly, informative and efficient at his work. He is a keeper. We would like to have him here for our next service by Home-Tech
V. and J. St. Onge, Bonita Springs, FL

A Fine Technician

Our thanks to Home-Tech for sending out a fine technician to repair our A/C out Friday night.  It is a terrible feeling to be starting the weekend at 8:00 on a Friday night and discover the house is getting warmer.  It is a call that you really do not want to make, but you do.  I was pleased there was an emergency service and someone was available. My wife has not been well and it was a relief that someone would come out at that hour.  So it was after 9:00 when he arrived and immediately figured out the problem.  The fan on the air compressor had gone out.  We were glad he had a replacement with him.  We are very grateful to him and he needs a Atta Boy from you and us.
Thank you Shawn.
 A. and J. Flanigan

The Dogs of Home-Tech: Best of Furry Friends

dogs of Home-TechAt Home-Tech, besides every day being an appliance and ac repair day, EVERY day is also take your dog to work day. Then again, if you ask the dogs, every day is take your HUMAN to work day. The employee owners enjoy having furry friends in the workplace. Many of them, instead of taking coffee breaks, take puppy breaks. At our Regional offices in Fort Myers, Founder and CEO Steve Marino, brings Winston every Wednesday for “Winston Wednesdays”. He’s a proud Cuban Havanese that Steve and his wife purchased from a breeder in Tampa. Winston is one of the “upstairs” dogs of Home-Tech and loves all the attention he gets on his visits to the office.

The Upstairs Packdogs of Home-Tech

Whereas our showroom, customer service, service, dispatch and parts departments are downstairs and get a bit more action, upstairs is where big decisions are made, creative ideas come together, I.T. is at high speed, Service Agreements are sold and checks are signed – and Winston rules the roost on the second floor. Around the corner, the princess of the upstairs offices is Paris, a Yorkie/Maltese lovable ball of fluff known as a “Morkie”. Our CFO, Sonya Sawyer, adores her 5-month old pup and spoils dear Paris with rhinestone collars and pink bows.

dogs of Home-TechThe Downstairs Pack

Caesar is one of Tracey and Mike Hendershott’s  four Schnauzers. Tracey, who is Corporate Service Director started out as a foster mom to Caesar who came to her from ARC (Animal Refuge Center) by way of Chicago after his elderly owner passed on. When the friendly 7-year old who loves to prance excitedly through the halls of Home-Tech quickly stole Tracey’s heart, he became a permanent member of their – and of Home-Tech’s – family. Down the hall in Warranty Administration, Leisa Masters is kept company by her and her husband, Gordon’s 10-month old German Shepherd pup from Georgia, a sweet Southern girl who goes by the name, Sweet Pea.

A Meeting of the Muttsdogs of home-tech

While some spend their workdays downstairs where the action is, or upstairs where things are a bit more sedate, the dogs of Home-Tech have been known to meet outdoors for the occasional break – and sometimes we get to eavesdrop on their dogversations…

Winston: (with a deep Spanish growl) Hola, amigos – I may not be boss around here, but I am top dog, comprehend? This is why I am putting in a petition for three day weekends for all of us dogs.

Caesar: (wiggling his grey moustache) Hey, I know I’m the new guy here, but, pal, if we’re not here, who runs things on Fridays? I got emergency service calls and dispatching to handle. I’m a very busy, important dog. Home-Tech customers are counting on us for service.

Sweet Pea (suddenly looking off into the distance): Is that a squirrel, y’all? I swear, I just saw me a squirrel! I need to git that squirrel! I have to chase it – chase it and chase it and chase it! SQUIRREL!

Paris: (yawns): Dahlings, you have my complete support. I need longer weekends for my beauty sleep, massages, spa days and groomings – it takes a lot of work to be this adorable.

Stay tuned. These dogs have got their own Home-Tech-style upstairs/downstairs stories to tell and we’ll be sure to check in on them now and then – arf!

Appliance and AC Repair – Problem Solved

attaboy_sealblueIf you spend any time at Home-Tech you will hear a lot of talk about “problem solved”. It’s almost become a company motto. Our technicians are trained to solve the repair problems you may be having with your major appliances and air conditioning. Today’s “Attaboys” are for Shaun. He’s a great technician as you can see from the customer testimonials we are sharing today. If you would like to share a testimonial please do so on Google or share on our Home-Tech Business Facebook page. We really appreciate all the kind words!

Respectful and Great Technician

Good morning,
Just want to send a shout out to Shaun, who is a very respectful and great technician.  He is very courteous young man. Keeps you informed of what is happening and is very knowledgeable.  Two thumbs up!
V. Miller

Problem Identified and SolvedService Agreement Technicians

Shaun came to our house on Tuesday and serviced our clothes washer. Problem identified and solved. He was very professional,  competent and patient.

Courteous, Knowledgeable

Shaun was courteous,  knowledgeable and a good listener about solving our problem. He was a pleasure. Thank you.

M. Goguen, Estero, FL

ac repairPrompt and Efficient

Just to let you know: Matthew K 790,and Shaun V 739, did ac repair work on my air conditioner today. They were very courteous and efficient. Justin Morgan made the first call last week and diagnosed the problem. He also should be commended for his work. Thanks for the prompt and efficient service.

A. Olitsky

Great Job

This is a “Atta Boy” for Shaun who repaired my AC unit on May 22, 2014. Shaun was prompt, came within the designated time and quickly repaired the unit. He was very courteous and explained the process. He did a great job.  Thanks very much.


R. Fong-Yee

3 Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioner Hurricane Safe

hurricane safeLike it or not, it’s officially Hurricane Season in Southwest Florida – and all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that we don’t end up in the proverbial Cone of Uncertainty. Home-Tech is here to help you keep your air conditioner hurricane safe should the worst happen.

Hurricane Safe – Stay Away Jim and Anderson!

If you’ve lived in the area for awhile, you’re prepared for the storm watches and the close calls, but if Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel shows up to broadcast live from our beaches in a rain pancho, we’ll know we’re in trouble. Worse yet, if Anderson Cooper arrives wearing galoshes and has a camera man in tow, then it’s DEFINITELY time to head for higher ground.

Power Woes

During Hurricane Charley, back in 2004, there was plenty to contend with, but probably the most challenging part of the aftermath was lack of power. And to make it all the more worse, it was August – the steamiest month of the year. The heat and humidity sent many of us to bars, where there was air-conditioning, ice, and relief from the relentless stickiness. And pretzels – bars also have pretzels.

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But for many unlucky homeowners, even when the power came back, they were still suffering in sweaty weather because their outdoor air conditioners had gone the way of Dorothy’s house in “The Wizard of Oz” – indeed, when you’re faced  with a category 4 hurricane that carries winds as high as 150 mph, your outdoor unit is at risk if it’s not tied down with hurricane strapping. The good news is that when Home-Tech installs your air conditioner, hurricane straps are part of our installation process, so it’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about when your eyes are glued to the weather radar and you’re filling up endless jugs of water.

3 Tips to Protect Your Air Conditioning Unit

Besides strapping, here are some recommendations from FEMA about how to prepare your air conditioning system before the storm hits:

  1. Turn off your air conditioner.
  2. If you have a window AC unit or portable air conditioner with discharge ducts that exhaust through a window or to the exterior, remove the unit/ducts and seal the opening.
  3. Cover any outdoor air conditioners or condensing units with a tarp or plywood to protect the air conditioner from flying debris.

hurricane safeHopefully, your refrigerator, washer, and various other appliances won’t be sucked up into the swirling vortex of a hurricane (seeing an oven fly by your window would be jarring, at best). But, if you purchase one of our air conditioning systems, we’ll make sure it’s secure. Home-Tech Service Agreement customers always get scheduled first for service when something goes wrong. So hurricane season may be a good season to think about getting coverage.

A Summer of Sunny Skies

Meanwhile, let’s hope for a relaxing, hurricane-free summer, where we’ll all be able to breathe a sigh of relief when storm season is over on November 1st — happy in the knowledge that Jim Cantore or Anderson Cooper did NOT arrive on our sunny, calm shores.


AC Service – Attaboy Jason

ac service Home-TechDear Sir,

Two technicians came to my place after requesting a service call regarding my air conditioning unit. The 2 technicians were # 737 and Jason.  Well those guys  were so professional and to me very knowledgeable, they did the repair that was required and explained to me my problem and how  to correct it. I am very happy to be a new customer of your organization and for sure I will recommend your service to my friend.
Further more, only 3 months into my program with you, when renewal time comes due it will be an easy decision, ( renew ) Thank you from a satisfied customer.

M. Gingras


Jason did a great job for us on Sanibel–he couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful.

S. Pick

Great job!

Jason did a great job for us on our annual AC service last week!  A very nice and polite young man indeed. Thanks.

T. Jakobsen, Bonita Bay, FL

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Jason was at our house today for our annual A/C cleaning and inspection.  He did an outstanding job and we couldn’t be more pleased with his attentiveness, attitude, and work ethic.  Certainly an asset to Home Tech and would hope that he does our inspection again next year.

F. Palone

Very Polite, Very Efficient

A great big Attaboy for Jason who serviced my AC unit and replaced the filter. Very polite, very efficient and a pleasure to have in my home.

W. T. Zinser, Bonita Springs, FL

Professional and Polite

I had the pleasure of having my air conditioning service done by Jason. Jason introduced himself, shook my hand, explained what he was going to do and approximately how long it would take. He was professional and polite during the entire service call. Based on all of our experiences with Home-Tech I recommend this service to people I know. Thank you for treating your customers so nicely. Thank you.


Emergency Call

Last Sunday Jason responded to an emergency call for my central A/C.  The pets in my house are sensitive to overheating.  For that reason, I was hoping for a quick fix to the A/C.  Luckily, Jason has a broad range of skills.  He found a few problems with my central A/C, he had parts on his truck to immediately fix it all, and my pets and I were saved from a meltdown!

Jason is very professional and well-spoken.  He has a deep understanding of the numerous systems involved in this type of service call. Thanks for a quick, professional repair!
Bob M

Appliance Insurance – Beware the Middlemen

PrintEmployee owned Home-Tech has been repairing appliances and air conditioning for over 33 years and Service Agreements, the perfect hedge against expensive repair bills. We have seen a lot of “appliance insurance” products popping up recently from banks, insurance companies, home warranty companies and even utilities that offer a lot of “big talk” about taking care of your appliances and ac units when they break down. Well here’s the skinny on all of this.

Those companies are middlemen, desk jockeys that only want to collect their fee and pass your repair off to unknown subcontractors. They don’t directly take care of your repairs like Home-Tech does. They are NOT local companies and they are not employee owned.

Be Wary Of This

  • Is there any emergency, after hours service?
  • Is he in a marked vehicle?
  • Is he licensed, fully trained, background checked, and drug free?
  • When will he get there? Will it be days? Weeks?
  • Is he qualified to repair your equipment?
  • Will you have to pay a service call fee?
  • Will he have the necessary parts on his truck?
  • Is his work guaranteed in any way?

Let’s face it!  A bank, an insurance company, home warranty company or a utility company are not in the repair business. You are really rolling the dice when you go with one of these companies. So, beware the middleman. Learn how Home-Tech’s Service Agreement differs from what the middlemen offer.

Go Localappliance insurance

Go with the local favorite in SW Florida -employee owned Home-Tech. Thousands of customers have been pleased with our service and continue to renew their Service Agreements year after year. Ask your neighbors who they use when they need an appliance or ac repair. Home-Tech repairs all brands, all makes and models. With over 90 trucks on the road every day you will see us over and over again out in your community making repairs.  Again and again you will hear about Home-Tech throughout SW Florida.